Wow! It sounds like a lot has happened! Thanks for the updates. As for my health, I'm doing great! *knock on wood* haha We haven't been on bike in this area, which is nice with the heat, but I must say I definitely loved being able to work off all of the weight gained from all of the food haha, but that's ok! Sometimes we do intense biking in the morning. Which reminds me! There are these absolutely beautiful forest-like paved paths for bikers, runners, and walkers called the "Greenways". Y'all should look them up, because they are beautiful!! Anywhoo.....
I don't have a lot of time to email since we have been busy deeeeeeep cleaning for apartment and car checks coming up this week. This past week has been an incredible week of tender-mercies. One such tender-mercy was while we were tracting (0h! that reminds me... it has been in the 90's and I'm not sure how much humidity but boyyy it has been hot!!!). After about a half an hour we came to a house on the end of this small street and right as we were walking up to the house this beautiful college aged young women walks out with her dog. As we talked with her she was super friendly and pretty interested. She said that we could come back and teach more and that her boyfriend would be very interested in learning more as well. She also said that her boyfriend might have been involved in the church when he was younger and that his parents might be members. After we had finished talking with her and began to talk among each other my companion realized that her boyfriend was the son of a less-active member who had just moved out of our area. These members were also trying to come back to church and it turns out that missionaries have been trying to meet her son for a while now....It was crazy!! Besides that tender mercy/ miracle we were also able to get in contact with a lot of less-actives that in the past have been hard to get in touch with and we're teaching former investigators!! It's really exciting!! Well it looks like I've gotta be off...So long for now~
I love y'all sooo much-ooo!!! Remember, y'all are always in my prayers!!
Lots of love (from your favorite Sister Missionary,
Sister Megan Rice
A letter to the missionaries from Pres. Bennion
Dear Elders and Sisters,
As promised, here is an update on our dear Sister Beckstrom: She remains in a coma following the car accident that occurred seven weeks ago. Her condition has been upgraded to fair; she has been removed from life support systems, and she opens her eyes, but she remains unresponsive to her external environment. She has been moved from intensive care to a “skilled nursing” facility. The doctors are no longer optimistic that she will regain full consciousness, and they feel that her present condition may continue into the indefinite future. Prayers for her and her family remain important and appreciated.
With our daughter Christine, it took about 9 months for us to understand the extent of her disabilities, and about 3 to 5 years to fully accept the situation. In our 40 years with Christine, we have learned many valuable lessons for the eternities. We’d like to highlight a few:
1. -- Live your life one day at a time, doing your best each day, with no regrets.
2. -- Timing is in the Lord’s hands. We know that everything will be fine in the eternities; the uncertainty is between “now” and “eternity.” But the final outcome is assured through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
3. -- “All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” (Preach My Gospel, page 52)
4. -- We focus on what we can do, and leave the rest to the Lord and trust in Him.
We love all of you and pray for you each day.
With love and admiration,
President ∧ Sister Bennion